Current Season

63rd Season Dates Announced

“Struggle to Triumph”
Sunday, October 10 at 3:00 pm
Yardley Hall

“How the West Was Fun”
Friday, November 12 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, November 13 at 1:00 pm
(Instrument Petting Zoo at 12:00 pm)
Atonement Lutheran Church

“Sounds of the Season”
Friday, December 10 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, December 11 at 2:00 pm
Atonement Lutheran Church

“Vayner Conducts Schubert & Tchaikovsky”
Saturday, March 5 at 7:30 pm (pre-concert talk at 6:45)
Atonement Lutheran Church

“An Epic Finale”
Sunday, May 15 at 3:00 pm
Helzberg Hall

KCCO’s 62nd Season

Dear Kansas City Civic Orchestra Patrons,

Like many orchestras around the country and the world, KCCO had to make some difficult decisions as a result of the Covid 19 virus – including canceling most live performances for our 2020-2021 season. In lieu of in-person events, smaller groups of KCCO musicians came together and created some wonderful virtual concerts for your enjoyment. You can view those performances – as well as other KCCO videos – on our Videos page or on our YouTube channel. Then, as Covid restrictions began to relax, we were pleased to be able to end the season with a live outdoor concert on May 23.

We are now planning for our 63rd season and will be announcing those dates soon. In the meantime, KCCO is featuring live musical performances for limited audiences around the greater Kansas City area – our Civic in the City series. Please follow us on Facebook or email us for info on those upcoming events.

The Kansas City Civic Orchestra’s free admission to concerts is a deeply rooted mission. We are always touched by the generosity of our supporters, which allows us to continue this mission. Your passion for our community orchestra is inspiring, and we thank you for your continued support!

To say we are excited to be back together rehearsing and preparing concerts is an understatement. We truly look forward to once again offering high-quality and inspiring live concerts to the Greater Kansas City community. With hope and excitement, we look towards our 2021 – 2022 season.

Thank you for being a part of our community!

Thank you to those who attended our May 23 outdoor concert!

Thanks to a long-awaited break from the rain, we were able to have our first live concert in over a year on Sunday, May 23rd. Thank you to those who were able to attend!

Chris Kelts, Music Director

Civic in the City


Although our regular concert activities have been suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic, KCCO musicians have been meeting in small groups to rehearse and perform while maintaining appropriate safety measures.  An expansion of our outreach efforts, begun by violinist Jennifer Mitchell, “Civic in the City” is a series of recitals prepared and performed in various neighborhoods around town.  Debbie Allen, principal clarinetist, began the neighborhood performances with a series of four recitals in her neighborhood in June and July of 2020.  We now have spring/summer 2021 performances scheduled, with duos, trios, and quartets performing outdoors for appreciative audience members.

Please note that, in order to maintain appropriate social distancing in these small, neighborhood locations, we must limit the number of attendees at these performances. Therefore, specific location information will be available by request only. If you would like to attend a performance, please email us for location information and other Civic in the City updates.

Upcoming Performance Dates

August 5 in KCMO
August 29 (TBD)
Previous Performances

A highlight of Civic in the City is the performance of an original composition for string quartet, As The River Flows, written by our own Debbie Allen.  The inspiration for the composition was watching nature unfold in all its glory while sheltering in place, at the onset of the virus.  As The River Flows includes three movements: Life Endures, Nature Restores, and Water Glistens.



Welcome to KCCO

Each season the Kansas City Civic Orchestra is proud to offer high-quality concerts featuring a range of music, as well as numerous outreach activities that enrich the community. We are proud to be a part of the diverse music community in the Kansas City area!